Madballs in Babo: Invasion

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Developer(s) Playbrains
Publisher(s) Microsoft Game Studios
Valve Corporation (Steam)
Composer(s) Greg Drover

Xbox Live Arcade
July 15, 2009
Microsoft Windows
September 17, 2009
Mac OS X

May 19, 2010
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player, Multi-player

Madballs in Babo: Invasion is an action video game developed by Playbrains. It was released on July 15, 2009 on Xbox Live Arcade and on September 17, 2009 for Microsoft Windows.[1]

The game reprises the 1980s Madballs toy franchise. The game is a sequel to BaboViolent 2.


Madballs in Babo: Invasion is a shooter from a top-down perspective. Players roll their Babo, a heavily armed sphere, around in an arena, attempting to kill enemy players. There are ten unique Babos spread across two teams: the B*D*I and the Scorched. Each Babo has unique stats and abilities to utilize. For instance, the character Robo has high defenses, lacks speed, and can disarm enemies with his special ability.[2]

Most of the characters, weapons, and abilities in the game are locked. A campaign mode spanning ten levels must be played to unlock characters and weapons, but downloadable content is available for purchase for players who do not wish to play the campaign.[3] Weapons are unique in the fact that they have two modes of firing. Most weapons may switch between ballistic and laser firing modes, with other weapons switching between heat and cold. Players may gain an advantage over opponents by switching to a weapon the enemy is weak to.


Madballs in Babo: Invasion had mixed reviews when it was released for the Xbox Live Arcade, netting it a 68 on Metacritic. IGN awarded it a 7.5, noting the graphics and gameplay foremost.[4] GameSpot gave it a 7.0, finding the multiplayer to be solid, but the characters to be annoying.[5] Reviews were slightly more positive for the Windows version of the game, with PC Gamer UK calling it "A surprising treat." and giving it a score of 81/100.[6]


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